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the senate. president obama is going to serve second term that is the message this week in washington, right? at the inauguration and the parade and the fancy dress dances and the obamas showing off at the white house with the dog. but away from washington, outside the beltway, republicans are working fast right now to use their power in the states to make it so that democrats structurally cannot win no matter what. joining us now is donald mceachin. senator, thank you very much for your time. it's great to have you here. >> thanks for having me, rachel. >> were you surprised by how quickly republicans in your state passed these new maps? did you know this was coming? >> absolutely not, rachel. you know, we asked for a heads-up back in november if they were going to do this. and we were sure we would be given the heads-up. in a span of literally 40 minutes, because they limited debate. literally in 40 minutes, they rewrote 40 senate districts without any input from the public, without any input from my side of the aisle. they rammed it down our throats. even though it was daylight outside, i
of the reagan era. none of it means anything if the obama agenda can't get through the senate. senator jeff merkley of oregon is here with the latest breaking news on filibuster reform. >>> plus one of the best golfers in the world is losing it over his tax rate. >> of all the nerve! >> we'll fact check phil mickelson's ridiculous claim. >> i owe you nothing! >>> and banks got build a out and we got sold out. four years after wall street greed brought the country to its knees, why is no one in jail? >> this is a stain on the american justice system. >> the pbs series "frontline" has a new documentary airing tonight. correspondent martin smith joins me for a preview. good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. i want to start the program tonight showing you what the hottest thing in politics was 20 years ago today. this is rush limbaugh's first book, the way things ought to be. for more than two decades, this basically has served as a blueprint for conservative thought in this country. here is a sample of a few things that were in the book. what about feeling sorry for thos
secretary. today he met with senator john mccain who has been a vocal critic of the obama administration. on a lot of fronts. late this afternoon he and hagel had a frank and candid conversation in which they discussed some of mccain's concerns. mccain also called hagel an old friend. it's worth remembering both men are veterans of the vietnam war, and that's certainly a band of brothers. we'll be right back. >>> january 22nd, 1973 will stand out as one of the great days for freedom and free choice. this allows a woman free choice as to whether or not remain pregnant. this is extraordinary. >> welcome back to "hardball" that clip is from nbc news nightly 40 years ago when the supreme court handed down that roe v. wade decision. today our brand-new nbc news/wall street journal poll shows that for the first time in the history of the poll, our poll, a majority, 54% say abortion should be legal always, or most of the time. and the percentage of people who say roe v. wade should not be overturned has been rising steadily for over 20 years, topping at 70% in today's poll. despite the poll num
was a senator from illinois named barack obama. he carried their water on blocking this pathway to citizenship when he was in the senate. the afl-cio put out a press release yesterday talking about the importance of not compromising on citizenship. so the unions themselves -- there are a lot of cross-currents here. the unions themselves don't want an influx of new workers in america, do they? >> no, they don't. that's one of the reasons this organizing for action, jim messina's full-time job is trying to get the union's in line, but it's going to be hard. it's hard on the democratic side. we're not even talking about the difficulty on the republican side getting it through the house. this is a senate democratic problem. >> so the republicans in the house, in effect, could stare at harry reid's senate and say okay, immigration reform, that's great. you guys pass it. >> say bring it. >> yeah, bring it. gun control, great. you guys pass it, we'll look at it. gay marriage, if you want to nationalize it, go ahead. you guys pass it. we'll look -- i mean, they could do this on every one of the presid
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